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CRAIGHEAD
GENERATION TWO

Descendants of Robert Craighead

Generation No. 2

2. REV. THOMAS4 CRAIGHEAD (ROBERT3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1660 in Donoughmore, Ireland, and died 26 Apr 1739 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He married MARGARET LAIRD 1690 in Scotland. She was born Abt. 1664 in Scotland, and died 1738 in Pennsylvania.

Notes for REV. THOMAS CRAIGHEAD:

Thomas Craighead was educated in Scotland as a physician and married the daughter of a Scotch laird. After practicing medicine for a time, he became much depressed in spirits, and his wife inquiring the cause, he informed her that his conscience upbraided him for not preaching the Gospel. She at once assured him, that she would not stand in his way of what he considered his duty. Accordingly, he soon after abandoned the practice of medicine, studied divinity, and was pastor for several years in Ireland, principally at Donegal. In consequence, however, of the oppressions endured by the Presbyterians of that country from the government and form the Established Church, and their past experience giving them but little hope of any permanent relief, large numbers of the people determined to emigrate to America.

Among them was Thomas Craighead, who came to New England in 1715, accompanied by Rev. William Homes, who was married to Mr. Craighead's sister Catherine.

He settled first at Freetown which is about forty miles south of Boston but his efforts were unsuccessful, and he appears again in Jersey in 1723. On 28 Jan 1724 he became a member of New Castle Presbytery, which at that period included portions of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, where he is spoken of as having "lately come from New England", he subsequently moved to White Clay Creek, Delaware where he continued for seven years. In 1733 he removed to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and served there and at Donegal Presbytery as well as at the Church at Pequea. There was some domestic disagreement within the Craighead household as a result of which Rev. Craighead refused to allow his wife to receive communion. This caused some consternation within the congregation and the members of the Presbytery. It was later resolved with the admonition that "his son John and family must no longer continue to live with him." Rev. Thomas subsequently removed from Pennsylvania to Virginia and thence to Sugar Creek, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina where he died.

Son John removed to Pennsylvania and was a large landholder south of Carlisle, which is at present in the county of Cumberland. This county covered a sizeable section of the state of Pennsylvania in early years.

Info from "The Craighead Family", by Rev. James Geddes Craighead DD, printed in 1876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Thomas emigrated to the colonies in 1715 with his sister Catherine and her husband Rev. William Homes. Both families came over on the ship "Thomas and Jane" with Captain William Wilson, Master. They arrived safely in Boston, Massachusetts during the first week of October 1714.

Thomas was educated in St. Andrews College as a physician. After he became disenchanted with medicine he entered the University of Edingburg, studied divinity, and was ordained by the Donegal (Ireland) Presbytery.

During Thomas' last sermons in Apr 1739, he bacame exhausted, and hastened to pronounce the benediction; and waving his hand he exclaimed, "Farewell! Farewell! and sank down and expired in the pulpit. His remains are said to have been placed under the cornerstone of the present house of worship at Newville.

Notes from Bill Craighead

17 Jul 1998

More About REV. THOMAS CRAIGHEAD:

Fact 1: "The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658 - 1876" (Source: Book by Rev. James Geddes Craighead, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1876)

Fact 3: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

Fact 7: Ben Grimes (Source: Ben Grimes.)

Fact 8: Bill Craighead (Source: Bill Craighead.)

Immigration: 1715, New England, with Rev. William Homes

Notes for MARGARET LAIRD:

Gravestone inscription at White Clay Creek, Delaware:

"In memory of Margaret, the wife of the Rev. Thomas Craghead, who died in 1738, age 74 years; and of Thomas , her son, deceased in 1735, age 33 years; and of Margaret, his wife, who died in 1765, aged 63. Descended from religious families, they were eminent for piety, much esteemed in life, and lamented in death."

From the book: The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658 - 1876, by Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D.

Notes from Bill Craighead

17 Jul 1998

More About MARGARET LAIRD:

Burial: White Clay Creek graveyard (Source: Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D., "The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658 - 1876", (1876, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "printed for the descendants").)

Fact 2: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

Fact 6: Ben Grimes (Source: Ben Grimes.)

Fact 7: Bill Craighead (Source: Bill Craighead.)

How info Received: "The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658 - 1876" (Source: Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D., "The Craighead Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas and Margaret Craighead, 1658 - 1876", (1876, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: "printed for the descendants").)

More About THOMAS CRAIGHEAD and MARGARET LAIRD:

Marriage: 1690, Scotland

Children of THOMAS CRAIGHEAD and MARGARET LAIRD are:

4. i. THOMAS5 CRAIGHEAD, b. 1702, Dublin, Ireland; d. Aug 1735, White Clay Creek, Delaware.

ii. ANDREW CRAIGHEAD, b. 1704, Dublin, Ireland; d. 1766, White Clay Creek, Delaware.

More About ANDREW CRAIGHEAD:

Fact 2: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

Fact 3: info from Agnes Cloninger, (Source: Rev. James Geddes Craighead, D.D., Craighead Records..A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Rev. Thomas & Margaret Craighead 1658-1876, (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania..1876), pg. 10.)

Fact 6: Ben Grimes (Source: Ben Grimes.)

Fact 7: Bill Craighead (Source: Bill Craighead.)

5. iii. JANE CRAIGHEAD, b. Abt. 1705, Dublin, Ireland.

6. iv. JOHN CRAIGHEAD, b. Abt. 1708, Dublin, Ireland; d. Pennsylvania.

7. v. REV. ALEXANDER CRAIGHEAD, b. 18 Mar 1708, Donegal, Ireland; d. 12 Mar 1766, Sugaw Creek, Anson County, North Carolina.

3. CATHERINE4 CRAIGHEAD (ROBERT3, THOMAS2, JOHN1) was born 1672 in Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland, and died 1754 in Chilmark, Massachusetts. She married REV. WILLIAM HOMES 26 Sep 1693 in Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland. He was born 1662, and died 1747 in Chillmark, Massachusetts.

Notes for CATHERINE CRAIGHEAD:

The Rev. William Homes and his wife Catherine Craighead settled at Martha's Vineyard, their eldest son Robert was a sea-captain, who resided in Boston and married Mary, a sister of Benjamin Franklin.

More About CATHERINE CRAIGHEAD:

Fact 2: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

Fact 6: Ben Grimes (Source: Ben Grimes.)

How info Received: "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775" (Source: Ethel Stanwood Bolton, "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775 ", (Genealogical Publishing Company...out of Baltimore, 1973), ].)

Notes for REV. WILLIAM HOMES:

The Rev. William Holmes and his wife Catherine Craighead settled at Martha's Vineyard, their eldest son Robert was a sea-captain, who resided in Boston and married Mary, a sister of Benjamin Franklin.

More About REV. WILLIAM HOMES:

Fact 2: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

Fact 5: Ben Grimes (Source: Ben Grimes.)

Fact 6: There is a Rev. Wm. Homes' Diary, Ms. owned by the New England Historical Genealogical Society (Source: Ethel Stanwood Bolton, "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775 ", (Genealogical Publishing Company...out of Baltimore, 1973).)

How info Received: "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775" (Source: Ethel Stanwood Bolton, "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775 ", (Genealogical Publishing Company...out of Baltimore, 1973).)

Immigration: 1715, From Strabane, Ireland (Source: Ethel Stanwood Bolton, "Immigrants to New England, 1700 - 1775 ", (Genealogical Publishing Company...out of Baltimore, 1973).)

More About WILLIAM HOMES and CATHERINE CRAIGHEAD:

Marriage: 26 Sep 1693, Londonderry, Ulster, Ireland

Children of CATHERINE CRAIGHEAD and WILLIAM HOMES are:

8. i. ROBERT5 HOMES, b. 23 Jul 1694, Stragolan, County Fermanagh, Ireland; d. Bef. 1743, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

ii. MARGARET HOMES, b. 28 Feb 1696, Strabane, Ireland; d. 26 Apr 1778; m. COL. JOHN ALLEN, 01 Mar 1716, Chilmark, Massachusetts.

More About MARGARET HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About COL. JOHN ALLEN:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About JOHN ALLEN and MARGARET HOMES:

Marriage: 01 Mar 1716, Chilmark, Massachusetts

iii. WILLIAM HOMES, b. 24 Mar 1697; d. 18 Feb 1700.

More About WILLIAM HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

iv. KATHERINE HOMES, b. 20 Mar 1699, Strabane, Ireland; m. CAPT. SAMUEL SMITH, 30 May 1721, Chilmark, Massachusetts.

More About KATHERINE HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About CAPT. SAMUEL SMITH:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About SAMUEL SMITH and KATHERINE HOMES:

Marriage: 30 May 1721, Chilmark, Massachusetts

v. JOHN HOMES, b. 30 Jul 1700, Strabane, Ireland; d. 14 Oct 1732, Chilmark, Massachusetts.

More About JOHN HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

vi. JANE HOMES, b. 30 Aug 1701, Strabane, Ireland; d. 17 Dec 1763, Chilmark, Massachusetts; m. SYLVANUS ALLEN, 01 Jul 1725.

More About JANE HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About SYLVANUS ALLEN:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About SYLVANUS ALLEN and JANE HOMES:

Marriage: 01 Jul 1725

vii. AGNES HOMES, b. 31 May 1704; m. (1) ALEXANDER HUSTON; m. (2) JUSHUA ALLEN, 14 Dec 1725.

More About AGNES HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About ALEXANDER HUSTON:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About JUSHUA ALLEN:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About JUSHUA ALLEN and AGNES HOMES:

Marriage: 14 Dec 1725

viii. ELIZABETH HOMES, b. 15 Sep 1705; m. JAMES HUTCHINSON, 05 Feb 1730.

More About ELIZABETH HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About JAMES HUTCHINSON:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About JAMES HUTCHINSON and ELIZABETH HOMES:

Marriage: 05 Feb 1730

ix. HANNAH HOMES, b. 31 Jan 1709; d. 10 Mar 1794.

More About HANNAH HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

x. MARGERY HOMES, b. 23 Jan 1711; m. BENJAMIN DAGGETT, 11 Jun 1734.

More About MARGERY HOMES:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About BENJAMIN DAGGETT:

Fact 1: info from Agnes Cloninger, Oct 1997 (Source: Agnes E. Cloninger.)

More About BENJAMIN DAGGETT and MARGERY HOMES:

Marriage: 11 Jun 1734

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